Awesome PROGRAMS

Ryan Fredericks directs the efforts of the teaching arm of Camino Real Playhouse, helping to enhance the quality of the lives of our students and families through virtual and in-person performing arts programs. Ryan graduated from American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles with a BA in Acting. He has directed children and adults throughout Orange County including at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine and after school drama programs throughout Saddleback and Capo school districts. In addition he also works as an acting coach for all ages. Many talented instructors also provide Classes, Courses and Workshops in Acting, Comedy, and Improv throughout the year.

High quality classes for Youth and Adults

Backed by the full resources of Camino Real Playhouse in beautiful San Juan Capistrano and taught by some of the best theatre, comedy, and improv teachers you will find in Orange County. Theatre training, as well as all of the arts, encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on physical, emotional and social development. Children who participate in theatre programs enjoy the many benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout life, making each more creative, more confident and more productive individuals. We however believe that the best part of getting involved in theatre is that you meet great people with similar interests while having a great time.

Featuring Classes, Courses and Workshops in Acting, Comedy, Improv as well as Summer Musical Theatre Camps.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL CAMPS & CLASSES

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PHOTO GALLERY

Below are a few photos from past Classes, Courses, Camps, and Productions.

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

OUR STAFF & INSTRUCTORS

A dedicated team with extensive theater, comedy, improv, and production experience.
Our staff believes that Theatre training encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on physical, emotional and social development in a child's life.

Ryan Fredericks

Youth Program Director and Vocal/Acting Instructor

 Ryan Fredericks graduated from American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles with a BA in Acting. After performing in Los Angeles and Orange County he realized that directing was his true calling.

He has directed children and adults throughout Orange County including at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. Ryan has taught multiple camps and after school drama programs throughout Saddleback and Capo school districts. He also works as an acting coach for all ages.

Beverly Blake

Scenic Artist

A fine arts and design major throughout high school and college, Beverly took a different turn and enjoyed a successful 35-year career in the international and domestic high-tech transportation industry which, over the years, included customer service, operations, corporate sales and marketing. Later in life she combined her artistic talents with her career experience and has been Scenic Artist and Vice President for the playhouse for the last 14 years. She is responsible for all aspects of the final implementation of set design, is resident graphic designer and is an executive producer for all productions.

Leslie Eisner

Artistic Director & Administrator

Leslie has her degree in theatre arts and studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan under Sanford Meisner. She is both an actress and director, having done both at Camino Real Playhouse. As a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Health Care Administration and a minor in Business Administration, she worked in the NICU for many years and then in Hospital Administration. She is the Artistic Director for Camino Real Playhouse  and oversees the artistic functions of the theatre including: hiring of artistic team members, selecting shows for the season line-up, and managing Playhouse operations.

Katie Kelly

CAA Stage Manager

Katie Kelly is a Bay Area native who graduated in May of 2018 from California State University, Northridge as a Deaf Theater Major and Musical Theater Minor. Katie has been in love with Theater since her first performance at the age of 7. Since graduation Katie has directed performances across Orange County. Her most recent credits include Afflicted, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Lion King. Katie has had the opportunity to work with broadway actors and actresses with her involvement with ASL Cabaret. Katie is thrilled to continue her journey with Camino Real playhouse and can’t wait to see what this new chapter brings.

Michael Keener

CAA Technical Director    

Michael Keener has a degree in Technical Theatre and comes to Camino Real Playhouse with acting, stage-managing and stage crew experience. As Lead Tech he helps to design the lighting and sound for shows at the Playhouse. He has worked on numerous plays including Three Bandits and A Baby, It's A Wonderful Life, Robin Hood, Dracula, Bye Bye Birdie, Barefoot in the Park, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Michael does all the lighting and sound for Children's shows and other shows performed during Children's Theatre Summer Camps.
 

Roger Woodcock

Technical Director

Roger, who joined Camino Real Playhouse three years ago, brings over 25 years of experience in various aspects of the entertainment industry, including a brief time as a stand-up comedian. At Knott's Berry Farm, he did lighting and sound design for various stage shows and attractions during Halloween season. As both Camino Real Playhouse and Capistrano Acting Academy's Technical Director, Roger trains and manages a team of sound, light and special effects operators.



Tom Riehl

Instructor - Stand Up Comedy

Tom Riehl is a professional stand-up comedian who has been performing regularly at clubs, corporate events, and fundraisers for over 25 years. His extensive comedic background coupled with his hugely successful Students of Stand-up Comedy Workshops have earned him praise from students and professional comedians alike. His simple yet effective approach to understanding comedy creates a fun and positive atmosphere no matter what your age or skill level may be. Tom currently produces two monthly comedy shows in southern California.

Steph Davis

Instructor - The Acting Gym

Steph Davis was the artistic director of the Orange Curtain Theatre that ran in STAGE II of the Camino Real Playhouse for five seasons. He's trained as an actor under Allan Miller - famous coach of Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. He has appeared off-Broadway as Malcolm X, along with a tour of A Soldier's Play.

Also an accomplished stage director, he has received rave reviews for plays including March, Shirley Valentine, and Almost Maine (honorable mention  Garland Awards by Backstage West).

Fun ACTING Facts

 Those who participate in theatre programs enjoy the many benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout life, making each more creative, more confident and more productive individuals. Our Instructors and Staff believe that the best part of getting involved in theatre is that you meet great people with similar interests while having a great time. Many adults live in fear of being asked to speak before a group, but the importance of this skill in nearly any career suggests students should spend time developing a certain level of comfort with it. Developing skills in theatre from an early age help develop Confidence, Teamwork, Friendship, Flexibility, and Public Speaking abilities.

Theater allows students to practice their emotional range while experimenting with pitch, projection, cadence and dramatics. On top of the value of experimentation in general, there is little immediate risk in the context of a class: this is not a presentation that is graded after one go. Actors rehearse and rehearse. Theatre does not tell you what to feel and allows you the freedom to not be perfect.

Percent of Americans that believe participation in theatre is linked to higher grades and test scores.
Percentage (%) of children who study theatre are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
Percentage (%) of children who study theatre are more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
Number of new shows on Broadway (including Musicals) in 2016-2017 season.




A Few Testimonials

Some testimonials from the families we serve.
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Musical Theatre Summer Camps have a Final Performance
Stand Up Comedy and Improv Workshops have a
Graduation Showcase.
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Capistrano Acting Academy
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